The History of Gutters

Collecting rainwater for drinking and channel water for irrigation is a practice that dates back to ancient times with the first record of gutters being 3000BC in the Harappan civilization that resided in what is today known as Pakistan. Gutters were used in many other civilizations such as the Roman Empire who then brought gutters to Britain where it became quite popular and was taken across the seas to America where it became popular in the mid 1700s.

In the 1800s gutters became even more popular with built-in gutters becoming the norm on newly built buildings in the United States. These gutters were traditionally made from wood and sometimes lined with metal. By mid-1800s, cast-iron downspouts were incorporated into built in gutters in taller and more complex buildings throughout the US, with the intention to channel runoff water into underground drainage systems. At this stage, gutters were the norm in all types of buildings and were becoming ever-the-more popular worldwide and by the beginning of the 1900s metal rolling machines were invented and it became popular for builders to roll half-round steel gutters to place on the edges of buildings.

In the 1960s seamless aluminium gutter machines were invented which changed the way that gutters were produced because of aluminiums strength and light weight. Since the 1960s seamless aluminium guttering has taken off with more than 70% of gutters in the US being made this way today. The process became even better in the late 1970s when the portable gutter machines were introduced, making it possible for gutter installers to transport this machine to the site where they are able to mould the aluminium gutter to size. This is still the way it is done today.

Gutter Science uses seamless aluminium gutters because of its strength, light weight, durability and lifespan. Contact Gutter Science for more information or to get a quote on seamless aluminium gutters for your home.

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